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Romney to embark on battleground-state bus tour

BOSTON -- Mitt Romney will embark on a five-day, six-state bus tour beginning on Friday in the first major series of campaign events of the general election, his campaign announced this morning.

After weeks of a campaign defined primarily by fundraising and televised back-and-forth exchanges launched by surrogates, the bus tour marks the first true foray of either candidate into traditional general election-style barnstorming of swing states.

The bus tour, entitled "Believe in America: Every Town Counts" will begin this Friday with an event at New Hampshire's Scamman Farm, where Romney first announced his candidacy last June.

From there, the bus tour will make several stops per day in small towns across the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa, before concluding in Romney's native state of Michigan next Tuesday.